Notice to Boaters
Susquehanna River
Harford County

The Department of Natural Resources has received a request to extend the current 6-knot (6.9 MPH) speed limit Saturdays, Sundays and State holidays on a section of the Susquehanna River beginning at Red Buoy #18 extending 700 yards north to an area including all the waters from Red Buoy #18 to the Amtrak railroad bridge and the width of the river effective all year.

The petitioner is requesting this action based on his belief that such a restriction is necessary to ensure safety. The petitioner cited that vessels in marinas or on moorings are subject to dangerous conditions due to wakes created by high performance boats and yachts traveling at higher rates of speed which may also cause erosion of the shore. The area has extensive boating traffic including kayaks, canoes, “crew” boats, small and large sailboats, performance boats, yachts, barges, and tugs.

The Department will conduct a survey and study of this area during the 2012 boating season. Interested parties are encouraged to provide comment on the requested regulatory change. Written comments will be accepted until September 7, 2012. You may enter comments on our website or send them directly to or they may be mailed to:

Mike Grant
Regulations Coordinator
Boating Services
Maryland Dept Natural Resources
580 Taylor Ave E-4
Annapolis MD 21401
410 260-8013
410 260-8453 (fax)

Additional boating information may be found at:

Chesapeake Bay Hotline

Call 1-877-224-7229

to report any of the following

  • Boating accident or reckless activity
  • Fish kill or algal bloom
  • Floating debris that poses a hazard to navigation
  • Illegal fishing activity
  • Public sewer leak or overflow
  • Oil or hazardous material spill
  • Critical area or wetlands violation
  • Suspicious or unusual activity